Basotho Seanamarena plaid blue red
This Basotho Heritage Blanket is a very special blanket whose history and tradition go back more than 100 years. It's soft, warm and made to last forever so it can be passed down in the family.
Seana marena rug
The blue and red Seanamarena plaid with the sharp black stripe was designed back in the 1930s by Charles Hendry Robertson who owned a shop in the Leribe district of Lesotho, and the shop was called Seanamarena. The word means 'like you' and if you separate the word in two it means 'like kings'.
The Seanamarena plaid is famous and is today considered the best of all Basotho rugs. In a figurative sense in Sesotho, Seanamarena means 'to swear by the Chiefs', and has a motif of corn and hearts. In Basotho culture, it is a symbol of fertility and wealth. An obvious gift idea, e.g. wedding gift
The Basotho Heritage Blanket was designed in collaboration between King Moshesh, the founder of the proud Basotho nation, and the British Donald Fraser. The Basotho people have lived in Lesotho around one of South Africa's highest mountains, Thabo Bosiu, since 1833. In Lesotho, Donald Fraser's trading business began when he moved from England in 1876 and established business in 1877.
Donald Fraser became successful in Lesotho and was nicknamed Ramosa Le Ralipere, Father of Kindness, Father of Horses. In the 1880s, he got the idea for the Basotho rugs, because the coarse, sexless rugs that the nation wore did not at all harmonize with the people's strong character and pride. Thus the Moholobela carpet was created. Translated into Danish, it means 'your friend', but the carpet was also nicknamed the 'fertility carpet' and is particularly loved by the Basotho people even to this day.
All carpets were previously produced in England, but production has moved to South Africa at Aranda Textile Mills.
Many have contributed to both the development and preservation of Basotho Tribal Blankets, and the eye-catching blankets have become a pervasive part of the culture in Lesotho, where the vast majority of shepherds wander around the mountains wearing a warm Basotho Blanket.
Although Lesotho was founded by 14 different tribes in Africa, it is probably the only country in Africa that is united around one language, namely Sesotho, while South Africa, in comparison, has 11 official languages.
The material is a combination of wool and dralon. The proportion of wool is pressed well together, so the rug feels heavier and more robust than many other wool blankets. At the same time, it also makes it very soft and warm. Dralon has a water-repellent property, which makes it particularly suitable also as an outdoor carpet when the dew falls.
It is therefore obvious to use outdoors on early spring days, bright summer evenings and in late summer. It is also a real snooze blanket for the sofa and armchair, perfect for the cold winter days indoors.
The material is 50% wool and 50% dralon.
Measures 155 x 165 cm.
For every carpet sold internationally, a percentage is donated directly to the organisation, Sentebale, which means 'forget me not'. The organization helps and supports the most vulnerable children as well as HIV positive children in Lesotho.
The foundation was founded by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex in England and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso have collaborated on charity for more than a decade, and the organization Sentebale was founded as a tribute to Princess Diana and Seeiso's mother, Queen Mamohato, who also collaborated closely on charity for HIV and AIDS sufferers.